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Border Lore – “The San Xavier Co-op Farm upholds the legacy of agricultural traditions of the Tohono O’odham, who have been farming in the region for over 4,000 years. Established in 1971, the farm brought back agricultural practices that were halted when surface flow in the Santa Cruz River was compromised by groundwater pumping in the mid-20th century. In 1975, the Tohono O’odham Nation worked with the federal government to sue agribusinesses, copper mines, and the City of Tucson for water rights. The 1982 Southern Arizona Water Rights Settlement Act granted San Xavier 56,000 acre-feet of water annually via the Central Arizona Project. Today, in addition to traditional crops, the farm also produces alfalfa hay as a cash crop.”

Border Lore – Indigenous Flavors: San Xavier Co-op Farm